Short courses


Principles of Fermentation Processes (MBI Training, Bioprocess Industries)

  • 18 hours (approx)
  • 3 days


This three-day online course will teach you how to specify a fermentation process and determine its economic feasibility.

You'll learn about different modes of fermentation and new developments in fermentation technology (single use bioreactors).

It's aimed at scientists and engineers.

This course is part of the Modular Training for the Bioprocess Industries programme (MBI), run by the Department of Biochemical Engineering at UCL.

Course content and structure

Teaching will be online, over three consecutive days. You'll be taught in small classes, with an emphasis on interactive problem solving and case studies.

Each day will cover the following topics:

Day 1

  • Evaluation of different expression systems
  • How upstream can help ease overall processing
  • Fermentation mass balancing
  • Biomass growth kinetics

    Day 2

    • Case study: growth kinetics
    • Case study: mass balancing
    • Introduction to animal cell culture
    • Different modes of fermentation
    • Rapid bioprocesses development in synthetic biology company
    • Case study: fermentation simulation

    Day 3

    • Disposable bioreactor technologies: engineering characterisation and applications
    • Case study: microbial media development
    • Case study: control of substrate concentration during fed-batch operation
    • Fermenter productivity and operating economics

    Who the course is for

    This course is for scientists and engineers who want to familiarise themselves with fermentation processes.

    Learning outcomes

    After completing this course you should be able to:

    • define different modes of fermentation and know their limitations
    • develop a suitable medium and perform a material balance
    • interpret fermentation data and use it effectively
    • characterise the kinetics of cell growth and how they apply to different cell systems
    • determine fermentation productivity and yields
    • develop a strategy for fermentation process development

    Costs and group bookings

    The standard price for this course is £1,750.

    Special prices are available for groups and SMEs. Contact mbi-training@ucl.ac.uk for more information.

    Modular Training for the Bioprocess Industries (MBI)

    The award-winning MBI programme is a series of UCL-accredited short courses for people working in the bioprocessing industry. It's designed and delivered in collaboration with over 70 industrial experts.

    The programme provides flexible professional development training. You can choose to take standalone courses or combine them for a Certificate, Diploma or Master's qualification. It complements in-house training by providing broader perspectives for more informed decision-making.

    Courses have so far been delivered to over 900 individuals from more than 300 companies, 30% of which are non-UK, demonstrating its strong international impact.

    MBI plays a central role in the department's knowledge-transfer activities. This ensures that cutting-edge research is undertaken to capture the value of integrating engineering with complex and fast-moving biology, which helps keep the global industry ahead in manufacturing.

    Benefits of MBI

    By attending an MBI course, you'll:

    • benefit from knowledge transfer and upskilling in core bioprocessing fundamentals and trends in industry
    • gain a deeper understanding of process options and engineering constraints
    • acquire the tools to optimise process performance and economics
    • learn about the latest technical and regulatory developments
    • have access to cutting edge research methodologies
    • network with sector leaders and subject matter experts
    • increase your flexibility, motivation, creativity and professional status

    Further information

    There is more information about the MBI on the Department of Biochemical Engineering's website. If you have questions about fees or how to combine courses for a specific qualification, please email mbi-training@ucl.ac.uk

    Course team

    Dr Frank Baganz - Module Leader

    Dr Frank Baganz - Module Leader

    Frank is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Biochemical Engineering at UCL.

    Course information last modified: 30 Nov 2022, 16:01